Adlai E. Stevenson Papers, 1861-2001 (mostly 1952-1965)

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Subseries 7J: Memorabilia, includes invitations, programs, place cards, magazine covers, keys to cities, and other items that Stevenson designated for inclusion in his scrapbooks, but never were. As with other materials, these items reflect his rapid ascendancy in prominence. Early in his public career, he tended to save more items; as he gained greater prominence he clearly was not as easily impressed with the recognition and adulation he received. The memorabilia also includes guest lists, invitations, and toasts from his birthday parties, thrown annually by his wide circle of friends beginning with his fiftieth birthday. A guest book records visitors to Stevenson's various residences, including the Illinois governor's mansion, Libertyville farm, and his suite in the Waldorf Astoria. Clearly, the guest book was not signed by every visitor; however, it does give a flavor of his guests over the years.
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Series 7: Personal Files consists of 47 boxes of Stevenson's personal records, including biographical information, educational and financial records, appointments, recognitions (awards, honorary degrees, memorials), diaries and collected clippings, memorabilia, photographs, portraits and other personal records.
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Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965
The Adlai E. Stevenson Papers document the public life of Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), governor of Illinois, Democratic presidential candidate, and United Nations ambassador. The collection contains correspondence, speeches, writings, campaign materials, subject files, United Nations materials, personal files, photographs, and audiovisual materials, illuminating Stevenson's career in law, politics, and diplomacy, primarily from his first presidential campaign until his death in 1965.
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Series 10: Photographs contains photographs that are primarily black and white 8"x10" with some negatives as well as color photos. They document various aspects of Stevenson's political career as well as his family life. There are some photographs of Stevenson's early years and his private life with his wife, his sister and his children. For the most part, however, these photographs document various political events and Stevenson's extensive travels as governor of Illinois, presidential nominee, and United Nations Ambassador.
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Subseries 7D: Clippings, includes clippings from Illinois and national newspapers, primarily predating his first nomination as Democratic candidate for president. Most of the early newsclippings document the social activities of Stevenson and his family, and later, his wife and her family. Copies of articles that Stevenson wrote in the mid-1920s while on the staff of the Daily Pantagraph are particularly notable. Clippings from 1947 and onward primarily document Stevenson's political and professional activities. The majority of the post-1952 newsclippings have been discarded; those retained are from local newspapers. In particular, clippings from the late 1950s and 1960s were collected by Princetonians and are drawn from the Daily Princetonian, Princeton Packet, and Princeton Alumni Weekly.
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Series 9: Travel Materials includes correspondence, notes, newspaper clippings, itineraries, background information, and memorabilia, such as invitations and place cards. The bulk of the material documents his 1953 world tour which started in March and ended in August. During this trip, Stevenson established many of the contacts he cultivated through the remainder of his public career. Subsequent trips were taken both for pleasure and for business. He made his 1957 trip to Africa as a representative of legal clients Reynolds Metals and Maurice Tempelsman, while his 1958 trip to the Soviet Union was a goodwill, fact-finding tour. His written impressions of Russia were syndicated by the North American Newspaper Alliance and later published as Friends and Enemies.
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Subseries 7C: Biographical Materials, includes biographies, press releases, correspondence, official documents, and narrative biographies written by individuals close to Stevenson. The general biographical materials include official biographies prepared for Stevenson's political campaigns, speech introductions, and entries into Who's Who and other biographical anthologies. The correspondence primarily includes requests from students writing reports on Stevenson. A small amount of genealogical information, family reminiscences, and newspaper articles on Stevenson's accidental shooting of Ruth Merwin in 1913 are also included.